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Audio books

Should audio books count towards your reading list? Why or why not? How often do you listen to an audio book? Do you prefer audio books as opposed to reading an actual hard copy or an e-book? If so, why?

I don’t really listen to any audio books. My commute to work is really short……so it would take me forever to get through a book if I listened to it. I might get through 1 or 2 books a year at that rate. Now, if I had a longer commute to get to my job then that would be different. I guess this is why I don’t really listen to audio books. I don’t have that much of a commute and I’m already reading an actual book when I get home from work.

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Have you ever snooped to see what books other people have on their shelves? Have you ever browsed through someone else’s tablet or e-reader to see what books someone else has? Why or why not? Do you think this is rude?

I don’t recall actually snooping though other people’s books (not that I can remember anyway). I’m normally at home browsing the books I currently have to see what I’m going to read next. I probably would browse if the owner gave me permission to do so. Otherwise I would feel like it would be rude some how. I don’t like other people to go through my stuff without my permission or without asking first so why would I do that to someone else?

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Similar interest….?

What do you do when you meet someone out in public who is reading a favorite book/series of yours? Do you strike up a conversation with them or do you leave them alone to read?

What if you meet someone out in public that you suspect is a fan of your favorite book/series (for example, they are wearing some clothes or they have a visible tattoo that advertises said book/series)? Do you strike up a conversation with them then?

If someone is in the middle of reading something, I would leave them be. Especially if I’ve already read that book/series then I don’t want to spoil it for them before they are finished reading it. I don’t like it when someone reveals a spoiler to me so I won’t do it to someone else unless they give me permission to do so.

If I see someone wearing a t-shirt showing off their favorite books (or if they have a visible tattoo), usually I’ll strike up a conversation with them or at least make a nice comment about it.

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Younger self….

If you could recommend a book to your younger self, which book would you recommend and why?

I would have started reading the Harry Potter series from the very beginning.. I didn’t get into the series until after the first five novels were already released because I originally thought they’d be too childish for me to read since they were geared towards children.

The Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer already had the first 3 books out before I started reading them. I only remember ordering the last book in the series. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini was already started and the first two books were already out. That series was originally suppose to be a trilogy but it ended up being 4 books instead which I’m glad we got that extra book. There would have been too much loose ends to tie up if there was only going to be a third book.

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Introverts and reading

Do people who tend to be more introverted….do they tend to read more than people who are extroverted? Why or why not?

I’ve always been on the introverted side of the spectrum….kind of reserved. I was painfully shy as a kid. It was to the point that people would ask my parents if I ever talked. I talked when someone spoke to me first but I was never the person who struck up a conversation first. I was always someone who preferred to read. I’m not saying I’m anti social…I’m just not as outgoing as some other folks out there.

What about you? Do you prefer a good book over someone else’s company? Or are you the opposite?

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Reading pet peeves

What are some pet peeves that you have when it comes to reading? If so, what are they? Would you be willing to share them?

I don’t like the fact that someone will interrupt me while I’m reading, especially if I get to a good part of the book. But then again, if I don’t want to be interrupted then I’ll just read at home instead of reading out in public so that someone can’t stop me from reading.

I do hate it when someone reveals the ending of a book before I’ve finished reading it. That’s probably the main thing for me. I hate it when someone reveals spoilers. This was the hardest when the final Harry Potter novel came out. I had to avoid everyone else reading it like the plague to keep from hearing the ending in case they finished the novel before I did.

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What you learned…?

What have you learned while reading? Did you read to learn a specific thing on purpose? Or did you learn something accidentally while you were reading one of your favorite books?

Normally, I don’t read to learn anything specific. I just read for the fun of it. It’s always been something that I’ll do purely for the entertainment value and/or to relax after a long day at work. I’m sure there was a lot that I learned when I was in school because that was the whole point in going to school in the first place. But if there has been anything that I’ve learned since then, it’s been purely accidental.

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How often do you talk about your reading with others? Do you talk a little or a lot? Do you usually share your reading with others or do you just sit quietly in a corner somewhere and read?

I love sharing my love for reading with others. That enjoyment has a lot to do with why I started this blog to begin with. I’ve always enjoyed for some reason, I can’t pinpoint it to just one event in my life.

There are times when I’ll just quietly sit down and read a book. If I don’t won’t to be disturbed while reading, I’ll just keep my reading at home where I don’t have to worry about being interrupted. If I’m reading in public, then I don’t mind if I’m interrupted during my reading.

The only time I normally get to talk about my reading with others is when I share it here on my blog. My hubby isn’t much of a reader so I don’t get to discuss it at home. If they make a movie based on a book, I can usually get him to watch the movie with me and then we can talk about that.

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Horror Classics You Need to Read

I found an article online that recommended some horror novels that should be read. I thought it fitting to share it since Halloween will be here before you know it. I’ve provided a list of what the article suggested but you’ll find the link to article at the bottom.

I’ve only read one book off this list and it happens to be the first book on the list. I read it then I watched the tv series that was based on the book. The other stuff on that list, I haven’t read yet but there are a couple of them that sound interesting so I’m tempted to go out and read them.

What do you think of the list? Do you agree or disagree with the list? Why? How many of the books on the list have you read? Which ones do you want to read?

“The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson
“Interview with the Vampire” by Anne Rice
“Dracula” by Bram Stoker
“Frankenstein” (The 1818 Text) by Mary Shelley
“Beloved” by Toni Morrison
“Gothic Tales” by Elizabeth Gaskell
“Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier
“The Best of Richard Matheson” by Richard Matheson
“The Woman in Black” by Susan Hill
“Phantoms” by Dean Koontz
“The Damnation Game” by Clive Barker
“The Bloody Chamber” by Angela Carter
“The Bad Seed” by William March
“Geek Love” by Katherine Dunn
“The Turn of the Screw and other ghost stories” by Henry James
“American Psycho” by Bret Easton Ellis

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Top hero’s

Who are your favorite hero’s from literature you’ve read? Why is that character on your list? What makes this character a hero in your opinion?

Harry Potter = Harry has to face off against Voldemort, possibly the most evil wizard in history, regardless if he wants to or not and he shows the exactly why he belongs in Gryffindor in the process. Now, there are times that you see Harry go through some teenage angst and what not but you’re watching Harry grow up during the entire series.

Lisbeth Salander = This girl from Stieg Larsson’s “Girl With a Dragon Tattoo” series is one of my absolute favorites. She’s a computer hacker who doesn’t fit into any normal stereotype. She’s very tough for a girl and overcomes a lot.

Katniss Everdeen = This is another female character that is a favorite of mine. Like Harry, she is going through her teenage years (I believe she was around 16/17 years old when the series was taking place) so there was probably some teenage angst going on. But if you stop and think about what Katniss had to deal with during the series, that’s a lot for a 16 or 17 year old to have to deal with and I think she dealt with it very well.